Friday, 27 February 2015

Thank goodness it's Friday.

It is Friday, it is sunny, and the day has just turned even nicer than before by a completely unexpected, picture-related miracle in last minute. It totally made my day! Otherwise, our manuscript is sorted and formatted and the picture list is lined up and only needs one last joint checkup for the captions to eliminate any left-over typos... and we're good to go.

Wow. It will be weird to have the Beast transition from this stack of files on my computer to an actual book in book form that is being available to people, and being read... and I hope we've done good by it.

Once the thing is sent off, I will settle down to cure the nasty cold that has decided on the worst moment ever to pester me. It's not nice meeting a deadline when you have a cold and can't even complain properly due to lack of voice. But, as OkGo so aptly put it:

This too shall pass!

Thursday, 26 February 2015


We are finalising the last bits for the book. So of course, nerves are a bit taut, and I think we'll both be very happy to completely forget about the book for a while when we will have delivered it!

In any case, I can tell you that I have learned a huge amount of things while doing this book. Not only what a minyan is and what Australians call fairy bread - I've also found out how you can use two hands to count to 9999. (That beats counting binary by a far stretch - binary hands will only bring you to 1023.)

I've also learned that it has its distinct disadvantages to write a book with someone on the other side of the globe, balanced by the distinct advantage that someone gets work done while you sleep, and you can wake up to a new iteration of the project. On an active day with many small edits, we also found that a file can go through six or seven iterations during the time we're both active, which is my morning and Gillian's night.

Soon now. Soon.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Pretty, pretty pictures.

After a little scare on Monday, we are now all set with pretty, pretty pictures for our book, or will be once the pictures that were promised but are still outstanding are delivered. Many pretty, pretty pictures, thanks to the gracious help of a lot of people all over the place!

On Friday, we shall bring our stack of beauties into a proper order for sending them off to be published. The end of this craziness is drawing near!

(And I will probably sleep for three days straight once this is done.)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


I have this lovely little coffee mug that shows a comic-style woman who is a cross between a comic Viking and Obelix, with a blue-and-white striped dress and a helmet with horns and long red braids. The text framing this lady says "Alles unter Kontrolle" which is German for "Everything under control".

This mug was my absolutely favourite mug for a long time, and it still remains among my several favourites these days. I use it when I have things under control after a hard struggle - and when I wish that I had. Final-stage editing work definitely warrants the use of it today, though I won't tell you which of the reasons applies!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Snip it!

I'm a little late for this announcement, but better late than never, right?

The Jewish Museum in Berlin has an exhibtion (running for about one more week, until March 1) called "Snip it - Stances on Ritual Circumcision".

That exhibition features a few manuscripts from the British Library with interesting scenes, and for those you don't need to go to Berlin, as they were shown on the BL blog.

And now I'll return to my wrangling of lists and pictures and things to do before this week runs out...

Friday, 20 February 2015


It's sunny, it's Friday, and I am headed into the weekend just as soon as I've printed out that last page and written that last email. Wheee!

Meanwhile, for your delectation, a picture that fits the wonderful weather outside:

They are not out yet, but if the weather continues like this, they will be soon!